A News Analysis by Emmanuel Oloniruha
Unarguably, peaceful and credible elections are essential tools for democracy to thrive.
Political analysts believe that peaceful and credible polls stimulate positively on the people, the economy, democracy and good governance.
They, however, identified the broad consequences of electoral violence to include diminished trust in democratic processes and institutions, undermined civil and political rights, ranging from disfranchisement through deprivation of citizens’ or groups’ rights to vote and be voted for.
While the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) has, at different occasions, expressed it preparedness and determination to ensure that the Saturday Edo governorship election is credible, the commission, like every other stakeholders, has also not held back it worries about issue of violence in the state election.